Making Buckhead. . . so very livable.
Livable Buckhead, a 501(c)3, strives to ensure the long term vitality and prosperity of the Buckhead community by working cooperatively with individuals, public entities and private businesses to integrate into everyday life and business sustainable strategies that improve the environment and quality of life in the community.
Livable Buckhead Closes On First Greenspace Land Purchase - On August 30th Livable Buckhead (LBI) closed on its first ever park purchase – a one-acre parcel under GA400. With that one action, LBI moved eight acres closer to its goal of adding 106 acres of public park space to Buckhead’s District 7.
Just how did the acquisition of one acre turn into eight? Through partnership and patience. Over the last several years, LBI has been working with Buckhead neighbors, the City of Atlanta, Representative Edward Lindsey, Councilman Howard Shook, and the Georgia Department of Transportation to negotiate a ground-breaking arrangement – a permit for the City to use under-utilized GA400 right-of-way for a park. The one-acre parcel just purchased will provide access to another seven acres that will now officially become Mountain Way Common. Located in North Buckhead and nestled 80 feet under GA400 near the infamous cell tower “tree”, Mountain Way Common is a scenic gem in the community with Little Nancy Creek running right through the middle of a wooded expanse.
These steps clear the way for the Friends of Mountain Way Common to implement their vision, developed earlier this year with assistance from Park Pride, for a neighborhood park and key stop along PATH400.
GA400 Trail Presentation – 30% Design
During the summer, Livable Buckhead, working with AECOM, met with stakeholders, including residents, civic associations, commercial property owners and community leaders to gain feedback for the design of the GA400 trail. That feedback, along with experts’ advice, has led to the completion of approximately 30% of the design work for the trail project. Livable Buckhead’s executive director, Denise Starling along with AECOM design and planning consultant Carlos Perez, are now re-engaging stakeholders with the new designs.
Livable Buckhead: The GA 400 Trail on BADTV
Would you like to see more green space and walkability in Buckhead? Soon you will! On this episode we talk to George Dusenbury from the City of Atlanta’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department about plans to increase park space in the city’s least parked area. We’ll also hear from Erica Danylchak from the Buckhead Heritage Society about how plans for the GA 400 trail will incorporate important historic sites along the way.